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Las Vegas Shooter Moved To Nevada For Video Poker, Brother Says

More Information Coming Out On Stephen Craig Paddock


Who is the perpetrator of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history?

As the identities of the victims started coming in Monday morning and authorities said that the death toll stands at 58 with more than 500 injured, more information has come out on the 64-year-old killer, a man by the name of Stephen Craig Paddock.

According to comments made from his younger brother Eric, Paddock enjoyed gambling and moved from Florida to Mesquite, NV a couple of years ago in order to be closer to the gambling and amenities of Las Vegas and get away from the Sunshine State humidity.

“He’s just a guy who played video poker and took cruises and ate burritos at Del Taco,” Eric added to the Orlando Sentinel. “There’s no political affiliation that we know of. There’s no religious affiliation that we know of.” Paddock didn’t have gambling debt, per his brother.

A report from CBS stated that gambling was Paddock’s favorite hobby, however. An article from the New York Post stated that he was a “degenerate gambler,” and quoted former neighbors who said he’d play video poker all night long and wasn’t home often.

“He seemed normal, other than that he lived by gambling," a neighbor said. “He was very open about that. First time we ever met him, he handed us the key to the house and said, ‘Hey, would keep an eye on the house, we’re only going to be here every now and then.’”

Paddock was divorced with no known children. He apparently had a girlfriend at the time of the massacre, who police had said was a person of interest. She’s been cleared of any involvement.

The federal government’s electronic public access service known as PACER did not have any cases involving Paddock. He also did not have a criminal record in Las Vegas, per a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

His dad, however, did. According to a report from Fox News, Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, who once ran a bingo parlor, was on the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted list from 1969 to 1977.

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